Sorrel

Synonyms: Common Sorrel, Garden Sorrel, Rumex acetosa

Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) is a (mainly) wild growing shrub from the family Polygonaceae. Because of its high vitamin C content, sorrel is used by sailors for the prevention of scurvy since Middle Ages.

The shrub originated in Europe likes medium shade and prefers moist, humus soil. Sorrel has a high content of oxalic acid (see below) and should be avoided by people with e.g. kidney stones.

Sorrel in the kitchen

The mild sourly and bitter flavor of sorrel fits to curd cheese with herbs, soups, sauces (e.g. "Frankfurter Green Sauce") and salad. It can be prepared like spinach or cooked together with spinach.

Nutrients of sorrel

Nutrients of sorrel per 100 mg
Energy
22 kcal
Water
91,32 g
Protein
2,3 g
Fat
0,4 g
Carbohydrates
2 g
Dietary fiber
2,58 g
Vitamin C
47 mg
Potassium
362 mg
Magnesium
41 mg
Iron
8,5 mg
Oxalic acid
500 mg

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